All materials within the SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library to support the inclusion of children with disabilities ages birth through five are now available online for anyone to view or download. Materials include 22 award winning videos (in English and Spanish), a facilitation guide, scripts, and handouts (in English and Spanish). Supplementary materials (planning forms, handouts, and other resources) are also available. All can be accessed at http://220.127.116.11/specialquest/trainingmaterials/index.lasso.
Note: A limited number of copies of the full 3-volume sets are available. If you have not already received a set of the materials you may request a set by contacting Sandy Tradewell at email@example.com or 707.849.4290. For more information see the announcement posted at http://www.nectac.org/~docs/eNotes/SpecialQuest.doc
A new podcast from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) features autism expert Dr. Amy Wetherby discussing the importance of early diagnosis and evidence-based intervention in treating children with autism. Dr. Wetherby is the Laurel Schendel Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Florida State University and Executive Director for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. To listen to the podcast go to http://podcast.asha.org/ and scroll down to Episode 10.
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has created a PowerPoint presentation with audio and captioning that provides a comprehensive overview of the Pyramid Model for Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Infants and Young Children. To view the presentation go to http://www.challengingbehavior.org/explore/camtasia/pyramid_overview/pyramid_overview_captions.html. Note: In order to view this presentation, you may need to download Adobe Flash Player. A transcript is available at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/explore/camtasia/pyramid_overview/pyramid_overview_transcript.pdf
The FPG Child Development Institute has published a new Snapshot entitled Making Friends: Assisting Children's Early Relationships, which summarizes a book chapter by Barbara Davis Goldman and Virginia Buysse on friendships between very young children and between children with and without disabilities. The Snapshot is available online at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap55.pdf
Full chapter citation: Goldman, B. D., & Buysse, V. (2007). Friendships in very young children. In O. Saracho & B. Spodek (Eds.), Contemporary perspectives on research in socialization and social development (pp. 165-192). Greenich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
A new policy brief entitled Preschool Education and Its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications by W. Steven Barnett reviews the research regarding the short- and long-term effects of preschool education on young children's learning and development. It is available online at http://nieer.org/resources/research/PreschoolLastingEffects.pdf
Full citation: Barnett, W. S. (2008). Preschool education and its lasting effects: Research and policy implications. Boulder and Tempe: Education and the Public Interest Center & Education Policy Research Unit.
On Monday, September 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm EST, the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and the Child Care Bureau will be hosting a webinar on the implications of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for infant/toddler care. The webinar will outline the discussion and recommendations from a meeting held on this issue in May 2008 and two Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators will share their perspectives on implications for their states' QRIS. To learn more and to register go to http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pub_webinars.
The What Works Clearinghouse recently released a new intervention report related to early childhood education entitled Breakthrough to Literacy Intervention Report. Breakthrough to Literacy is a curriculum that introduces children in preschool through third grade to a book-a-week throughout the year. To view the report go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/early_ed/btl/